Rick Bushman

Rick Bushman has more than 35 years’ experience in small business development, sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the SBDC in 2024, Rick spent eight years as a regional manager and business development specialist at Sales Partnerships Inc., where he was responsible for promoting American Express’s OptBlue program to more than 15,000 small to medium-sized businesses in the North Sound region. His one-on-one consultations with thousands of small business owners in every industry and every stage of development gave him tremendous insights into the challenges and opportunities of small business development.

Prior to his work with SPI, Rick spent more than three decades in business development and sales management across diverse industries, including digital satellite services, cable television, radio stations and real estate investment trusts. Rick owned his own small business for eight years and speaks Spanish fluently.